A 33-year old man crashed his 1999 Ford Taurus, allegedly causing a seven-car chain reaction accident that left one person dead. According to witnesses, he then marched over to a nearby Chevron station, bought a six-pack of beer, and quickly downed one.
The accident occurred on Monday at 11 PM on the heavily trafficked Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana, just north of L.A.
According to detectives, they have surveillance video that shows the man buying beer. Jeffery Sherman, who survived the crash uninjured, said about the driver of the Taurus, “He bought a six-pack of beer and drank one really fast.” The Chevron cashier also told NBC, “He went over there, picked up beer — a six-pack — threw money on the counter and left.”
Sherman said he was told that some suspects may imbibe alcohol after an accident if they had been drinking before the accident to create “reasonable doubt” for subsequent legal action.
The woman who died at the scene was driving a Saturn Ion that was decimated on impact. Her neck “looked like it broke,” according to Sherman. A second person also was injured in the crash and investigators shut down a portion of Ventura Boulevard to explore the wreckage.
“I just hope people won’t drink and do drugs and get behind the wheel of a car,” Sherman begged. “…Or text, or anything that takes your mind off when you’re driving. Just drive.” Police said they do not know if alcohol was a factor in the accident but said that “speed” definitely played a role.